Handling home insurance

In France, owners and tenants should subscribe to an insurance contract that will cover them and your belongings in the event of a natural disaster or even if you forget to turn the tap off.Read more

Something different by the sea

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Since its beautification a few years ago, the port of Nice is always buzzing, even on a Tuesday night. The latest addition to the mix is Gigi - an Italian pizza, grill and cocktail restaurant. This stylish, mid-range eatery on the Quai des Deux Emmanuel side of the port offers gorgeous views of the château and moored luxury yachts. It also has a menu geared unexpectedly towards beef - there's not a speck of seafood in sight! It's daring, it's different, and when you think about it - it's actually very smart.Read more

Elegance al fresco

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This is exactly what the Principality of Seborga has been missing - a refined restaurant with superb views from one principality to another, high above the coastline of the Italian Riviera. What Marcellino's represents is not only a place for quality dining, but also a meeting spot for residents and visitors of the picturesque principato in the mountains above the town of Bordighera.Read more

Spanish tapas in Nice

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It's always exciting to hear about the opening of a new restaurant/bar, even better when the venue is offering something completely different. Nice in particular is oversaturated with French brasseries and restaurants all offering the same thing, so when I heard about El Merkado Bar and Tapas I was overjoyed and armed with, as always, high expectations.Read more

Dreaming of stars

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He is (so far) the only man I have ever arranged to meet in a wholesale market at the unearthly hour of 3am. That was almost 20 years ago. At the time, Alain Llorca was the star chef at the Chantecler restaurant in Nice's Negresco hotel, and we met to do some shopping for the next day's menu. Since then, we have both gained in age and experience - not to mention a few more kilos, but he more than me.Read more

A decision looms for Pampelonne

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Pampelonne beach could be drastically changed if plans to restructure the coastline are approved. After years of debate, commissioners are now looking at development plans that aim to increase tourism along the iconic strip of coastline, while maintaining the natural environment. Local businesses, however, fear that they will be the biggest losers if the new plan goes ahead.Read more

The pick of the bunch

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There are 15 private beach restaurants along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, and I have tried about 80 per cent of them - one of the joys of living so close to the sea. The standout so far is Florida Beach, situated at the western end of the coastline. If you are tired of the Niçois salad/goats cheese salad/steak tartar/ pizza/entrecote menus that saturate the city of Nice, then you'll appreciate the Asian flavours that appear here alongside traditional French beachside dishes. Add to that service with a smile and a sparkling Mediterranean Sea, and there's simply no other place you'd wish to beRead more

Gone fishing Cannes style

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Lined side by side on the Cannes coastline are a plethora of private beach restaurants. Each has something to offer, whether it's relaxed service, regular beach food or entertainment. At Miramar Plage, it's seafood. Each day, head chef Guillaume Goube proudly presents fresh fish on giant silver platters for the guests' choosing. You like what you see, you order it. Then you let the kitchen do its magic.Read more

Dining like a star for the day in Cap Ferrat

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Paloma, situated on the rocky peninsula of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, is more than a beach restaurant, it's an institution. First opened in 1948, Paloma is the gem that arose from the post-war years, quickly becoming the vacation resort of the world elite. And so it has remained, attracting the likes of Jack Nicholson, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Keanue Reeves, Tom Cruise, Mick Jagger, Jean Cocteau and Winston Churchill, to name but a few.Read more

Picture perfect Juan les Pins

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Juan les Pins is a lovely stretch of coastline. The soft sand between your toes, gentle waves lapping at the shore, happy children building sand castles - it's just a nice place to be, any time of day. It's also a beautiful setting for a lunch or dinner by the sea, and situated at the western end of the busy promenade is Bijou Plage, a comfortable, relaxed beachside restaurant with reasonable prices and an award winning view.Read more